EFL Championship: Game week 38
Stadium: New York Stadium
18th March 2023
Rotherham United and Cardiff City are set to compete in the Championship on Saturday afternoon, understanding that a win would greatly contribute to securing their positions in the league for another year. Despite being ranked 20th and 21st in the standings, some of the teams above them may face point deductions in the near future.Receive Your Welcome Bonus!
Rotherham United’s Form
Despite having a record of six wins and 14 defeats in his 28 matches at Rotherham, it may seem like Matt Taylor is not performing well at the New York Stadium. However, the team is currently five points ahead of the relegation zone with nine games left in the season, which would have been a satisfactory position at the start of the season. While they have lost their last two matches against Birmingham City and Preston North End, it's important to remember that they collected seven points from their previous three games. Moreover, Rotherham is likely to benefit from points deductions imposed on two of the four teams below them, which already puts them in a favorable position. A win in the upcoming game would bring them closer to safety, although they would still need other results to go their way. Nevertheless, they are only three points away from the 17th position and have a good chance of winning their fourth home game out of the last seven.
Rotherham United’s possible starting lineup
Ferguson, Hugill, Washington, Lindsay, Coventry, Odoffin, Blackett, Humphreys, Peltier, Harding and Johansson
Cardiff City’s Form
Cardiff are only one point behind their opponents, giving them the same motivation as Rotherham. However, Sabri Lamouchi would rather his team concentrate on their own performance. Despite initial doubts about Lamouchi's impact, the Bluebirds have secured 10 points in their last six games, including a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion. Nevertheless, their poor away record, with only one win since the World Cup, continues to worry Lamouchi regarding their chances of avoiding relegation.
Cardiff City’s predicted lineup
Etete, Kaba, Philogene-Bidace, Wintle, Rinomhota, Ojo, O'Dowda, McGuinness, Ng, Romeo and Allsop
Rotherham United vs Cardiff City expert tips
Although both teams understand the advantages of winning on Saturday, they also recognize that they cannot afford to lose. Therefore, it would not be surprising if a fiercely contested match with a low scoreline occurs at the New York Stadium. Our forecast for the game is that Rotherham United will draw or win against Cardiff, and there will be less than 2.5 goals in total.